Kera N. Lovell

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I am a Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hawai’i. In the fall of 2017 I defended my dissertation to complete my PhD in American Studies at Purdue University. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Agnes Scott College in 2009 and Master of Arts degree in American Studies from Purdue University in 2011. I specialize in twentieth-century U.S. social and cultural history, and my research and teaching focus on the relationship between power, the body, and place in American visual and material culture.

I have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses across five universities, and am currently teaching American Studies in the University of Hawai’i system at UH Manoa and Honolulu Community College.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, I was awarded a Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship to complete my dissertation titled, Radical Manifest Destiny: Mapping Power in Urban Space in the Age of Protest, 1968-1988. My dissertation examines the urban realm as a contested territory in the late twentieth century. This project traces a transnational movement of activist coalitions that illegally occupied, created, or reclaimed green space as a method of protest in the late-Cold War era. I defended in November 2017 and will deposit by December 2017.

Between 2015 and 2016, I spent more than 100 days in archives conducting archival research as part of my dissertation – across more than 15 repositories in 7 states.

This research has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including being awarded a 2016 Semi-Finalist for a special-themed Fulbright, the National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.

On this website you’ll find my research interests and current projects, links to my blogs, academic and professional networking sites, and social media accounts (see left). See my most recent CV/resume CURRICULUM VITAE_Kera Lovell or email me at

Additionally you can follow my interdisciplinary research and community engagement by following me on social media: on Instagram and Twitter @keralovell, and at my other blogs:, and


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American Studies scholar at the University of Hawai'i and blogger of my research on urban studies, food, visuality, and social justice and the connections between them.